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The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 22 April 2016 (USA)
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Eric and fellow warrior Sara, raised as members of ice Queen Freya's army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Hemsworth ... The Huntsman / Eric
Charlize Theron ... Ravenna
Jessica Chastain ... Sara
Emily Blunt ... Queen Freya
Nick Frost ... Nion
Rob Brydon ... Gryff
Sheridan Smith ... Mrs. Bromwyn
Alexandra Roach ... Doreena
Sope Dirisu ... Tull
Sam Hazeldine ... Leifr
Sam Claflin ... William
Sophie Cookson ... Pippa
Conrad Khan ... Young Eric
Niamh Walter ... Young Sara
Nana Agyeman-Bediako Nana Agyeman-Bediako ... Young Tull


Evil sorceress Queen Ravenna's powers allow her to know that her younger sister Freya, whose powers have not yet emerged, is not only involved in an illicit affair with an already elsewhere engaged nobleman Andrew, but is also pregnant with his child. Sometime after Freya gives birth to a baby girl, Freya discovers that Andrew not only reneged on his promise of elopement with her but also murdered their child. In a grief-fueled rage, her broken heart freezes over and she kills him with her sudden emergence of powers - the elemental control of ice..

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The story before Snow White

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for fantasy action violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Snow White and the Huntsman 2 See more »


Box Office


$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,445,035, 24 April 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie could not have Snow White in the title due to Disney owning the trademark filed in 2014 and is suing for use of said character. See more »


Young Sara has a face full of freckles. Older Sara does not (as Jessica Chastain has a clean face). Freckles can fade with time, especially in a land with little sun. See more »


Sara: Dead? Is that what you told everyone? You poor heartbroken widower. That story must have wet the eyes of many young lasses. Maybe more than their eyes.
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Crazy Credits

The world in the Universal logo turns to gold and morphs into a mirror. See more »


Follows Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) See more »


Castle (The Huntsman: Winter's War Version)
Written by Halsey (as Ashley Frangipane) and Lido (as Peder Losnegård)
Performed by Halsey
Orchestral Arrangements by James Newton Howard
Courtesy of Astralwerks
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Like watching milk mold
1 February 2017 | by artmania90See all my reviews

It's astounding how bad "Huntsman: Winter's War" is. From the preposterous title (it would appear that the story occurs in springtime, and that the one battle in the film is a tiny 10-person battle in a throne room) to the absolute lack of reason, sense, or skill, this coldly-received sequel to an already flawed film (Snow White & the Huntsman) is like finding a diamond in the rough in terms of bad movies. In a way it's almost good how bad it is. Almost.

The movie is narrated by Liam Neeson with empty phrases like "lands to the North" and "the Good Queen built a fortress around her heart." We meet the Evil Queen from the first movie (the absurdly over-the-top Charlize Theron who is the only fun role in the film) and her sister, Elsa -- I mean Freya, a woman who's heart was broken and uses her ice powers to turn her hair white, adopt an icy wardrobe, and reign in an ice castle on top of a mountain. Her ultimate character arc is the discovery that love can ultimately be a good thing. She didn't even have to sing "Let It Go" to figure it out.

Simultaneously we have a remake of "Braveheart" occurring, as we meet the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth reprising his titular role) and his love affair with fellow huntswoman, Sara (with an off-again on-again Scottish accent). Declaring their love for one another in a forbidden encounter, the Huntsman all but states that he "wants to raise crops and God- willing a family" with his new lover. A stroke of misfortune leads him to believe Sara is brutally murdered, and thus the war is launched. I mean the battle that takes place in the last 3 minutes of the movie.

In reality, the plot seems to be about the group of heroes (the Huntsman, some of the dwarfs from the first film (whoever wanted to come back, I guess), and some other female dwarfs) on the hunt for the Magic Mirror, hoping to find it before Evil Queen Freya reclaims it for herself. Like the ruby slippers, it's said to have dangerous powers, but I am sure as hell unaware of what those powers could be (aside from being able to judge the hotness level of women like a caddy bitch). Why this is so important is never explained, nor are any of the plot details seemingly relevant at any one point. The story is vapid, lifeless, thrown together. As I was watching this film, things kept happening, but overall nothing was occurring. I began to doubt the reasoning for this movie's existence other than an attempts for a cash grab (the original made over $400 million in sales... This one barely made $160 million against a budget of $115 million. Ouch).

If you need an example of what is wrong with the Hollywood system right now, then "Huntsman" seems to be a textbook example. From the overly-choreographed fight scenes, Lord of the Ring's-inspired mythology (which seems to be the standard for fantasy films nowadays), and the rehashing of characters both living and dead with no regard to story (how many times can Charlize Theron come back to life without absolutely flushing brain power down the toilet?), the film churns along from one predictable beat to the next, and by the time it ends it's hard to remember that there are actually decent movies made anymore. To watch "Huntsman: Winter's War" is to lobotomize a part of your brain. Movies can be art, and they can be moving, and they can be thrilling. This movie is the cinematic equivalent of expired milk.

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